I love giving to people! For me, it’s not about spending a lot of money, which is a good thing, because I usually don’t have much! To me, it’s about seeing something that reminds me of someone, and for no reason at all, getting it for them. It could be something as small as a piece of candy. It’s simply about letting a person know that I love them.
I must say, typically, I’m not a big gift giver, nor do I expect lots of gifts. But when I do give someone something, I want it to be something they like. That’s why I tend to get stressed out at Christmas time! Trying to find just the right presents for people is very difficult! And those who know me well know that I really dislike things that are difficult!
Difficult things are, well…they’re downright difficult! I personally think that living a difficulty-free life should be everyone’s goal. Just think about it for a minute. Difficulties often bring about disappointments right? And who enjoys disappointments? Difficulties often lead to stress don’t they? And stress can lead to overeating, which can cause you to be overweight. Being overweight can lead to diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Never once have I ever heard a person say “My life will not be complete until I’m fatter than ever with diabetes and heart disease!” And those are just a few examples of the havoc that difficulties can bring to the table! It would be much too difficult to list all of them!
With all that being said, that’s reason enough for me not to celebrate Christmas! I mean, I still want to decorate and have Christmas gatherings! I just don’t want the difficulty of having to buy any gifts!! God knows no one would want their gift to be the one that caused my diabetes or caused me to have a heart attack!!
Now, if you’re my friend, and you actually enjoy buying gifts? Feel free to buy me something! I will NOT be offended in the least! I mean geez, I certainly would not want to contribute to your untimely demise by causing you any difficulties! This life is a quest to de-difficultify our lives! Yes! I just made a new word!
*De-difficultify – Verb. The act of ridding one’s life of difficulties. “By not buying Christmas presents, Christa chose to de-difficultify her life.”
From henceforth I will be de-difficultifying my life! Things are going to be different in the Hawkins’ house! Difficulties no longer have a place here! I will only choose to do things that are easy and not difficult! Oh, if that were only an option!!
No one will ever have a life that’s de-difficultified. There will always be something difficult for us to tackle! (Like buying people Christmas presents :-/) But life goes on! Doing difficult things never hurt anyone! Actually, it makes us stronger! Without difficulties we’d be REALLY dumb! We learn our best lessons when we go through difficulties. The key to handling difficulties is to trust the One who saved us from the biggest difficulty of all… GOING TO HELL! Just in case you’re not sure, that’d be JESUS! He died so that we could live! When He chose to die on the cross, He sent us the Holy Spirit to help us with difficulties, because He knew that, because of our sin nature, we’d have them! He loves us so much that He’d never put anything on us that’s too difficult for us to get through! With His help that is! He can even help you find just the right gifts for the people you love! (Just FYI the best gift you could possibly give a person is your time!)
That being said, I guess y’all (“y’all” being the peeps that I normally buy Christmas gifts for, not everyone who reads my blog…IJS) will be getting Christmas presents after all! Lucky me! 🙂 THAT being said, I guess I’ll get back to my internet shopping spree! Just keep in mind (those of y’all who will receive a gift or gifts from me) that it’s not about how much I spend! It’s the thought that counts!! Lord help me!
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7